10 Best Unknown Entrepreneurs
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Over the years, many businesses have been setup. Some have flourished, but others just weren’t able to take the blows that took place over the years.
For those that stayed on the pedestal, however, they managed to continuously grow and outshine the others. Of course, this would not be possible without the people behind them – the great entrepreneurs that sacrificed hours of rest and worked hard to keep the dream alive.
What is an entrepreneur?
In general, entrepreneurs are individuals who put up a business and reap from what they sow – no kidding. These are the people who are brave enough to risk what they have in hopes to obtain or grow something out of it.
Their businesses are their babies, and they nurse them and guide them until they grow to adulthood and become successful.
While entrepreneurs make the work look so easy, it definitely isn’t. Aside from courage, it takes brains and a ton of hard work to have the power to compete against a constantly growing and evolving market.
Success is always evident, but people don’t realize that these entrepreneurs themselves have also experienced so many downfalls – ones that allowed them to better evaluate their current strategies and lay out a better plan for their companies.
The entrepreneurs on this list easily fit into the serial entrepreneur bucket. Still, because they've been busy building successful businesses, you may not have seen the term emblazoned on their Twitter bios.
Most of these men have made quite a bit of money for themselves—the majority are billionaires. But here are the names that don't ring with the public, and their mugs don't smile from covers of glossy magazines (Forbes included).
Let us go through the list of best unknown entrepreneurs.
1. Omar Hamoui
With an estimated net worth of $300 million, Omar Hamoui graduated at UCLA with a degree in Computer System Science. He then earned his MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Hamoui started accumulating his estimated net worth of $300 million when he ended up being the President of Mobile Ads at Google, Inc.
2. Janus Friis & Niklas Zennström
Janus Friis Danish is an e-commerce entrepreneur who, with Niklas Zennström, developed numerous web companies, significantly Ka Za A, Skype, and Joost.
They both soon started teaming up because of their business endeavors, beginning with the ISP Get 2Net and a Web website, Everyday.com. In 2000, Friis and Zennström produced Ka Za A, a second-generation peer-to-peer (P 2P) file-sharing application that they dispersed for free.
However, it was infamously packed with adware (typically, a software application that produces pop-up advertisements), spyware (programs that monitor users' actions), and other malware applications that were secretly set up on users' computers.
3. Craig McCaw
An American business owner, Craig McCaw is a leader in the cellular phone industry. He is the creator of McCaw Cellular (now part of AT&T Movement) and Clearwire Corporation.
Following the sale of McCaw Cellular, McCaw took an interest in Nextel, a then-floundering cordless provider. By April 1995, Mc Caw gained reliable control of the company contributing, in addition to his siblings, $1.1 billion gradually.
Within four years, Nextel grew substantially to end up being a challenging cordless competitor, servicing 3.6 million customers throughout the USA.
4. Josh Kopelman
An American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and philanthropist, Kopelman is best called a founder of Preliminary Capital, a pioneering seed-stage venture fund that led the seed round in Uber. Prior to establishing First Round, Josh was a founder of Half.com, a fixed cost market connecting purchasers and sellers of used books, motion pictures, and music items.
Kopelman sold Half.com to eBay in 2000. In 1992, throughout his sophomore year, Kopelman co-founded Infonautics Corporation, in Wayne, Pennsylvania.
Infonautics went public on the NASDAQ stock market in 1996
5. Steve Blank
An entrepreneur based in Pescadero, California, Blank is acknowledged for developing the customer advancement technique that released the lean startup motion. His Lean Launchpad class has actually become the requirement for commercialization for all federal research studies.
Blank writes and teaches about client advancement and the lean startup method.
6. The Samwer Brothers
Marc, Alexander, and Oliver Samwer, three publicity-shy brothers based in Munich and Berlin, are among Europe's lot of consistently active digital business owners. Rocket Web S.E. is a European web company headquartered in Berlin.
The business builds online startups and owns shareholdings in various designs of web retail services. The company design is called a startup studio or a venture contractor.
It supplies office to new companies at its headquarters in Berlin, with I.T. assistance, marketing services, and access to financiers.
7. Lyndon Rive
The co-founder of SolarCity and served as its CEO till 2017. SolarCity is a service provider of tidy energy services that develops financial resources and installs photovoltaic systems.
It also carries out energy-efficiency audits. Likewise, etrofits and constructs are charging stations for electric lorries.
Rive co-founded Solar City with his brother Peter in 2006. Rive began his very first company at age 17 before leaving his native South Africa.
In 2010, Rive was named in the MIT Technology Evaluation's Innovators Under 35 as one of the leading 35 innovators worldwide under the age of 35.
8. Andy Bechtolsheim
A co-founder of Sun Microsystems, Andreas Maria Maximilian Bechtolsheim is a German electrical engineer, business owner, investor, and self-made billionaire. He later ended up being an investor, the majority being noteworthy of providing Sergey Brin and Larry Page with their preliminary of funding, a $100,000 investment in 1998 prior to when the two had actually even integrated their business, known as Google.
His net worth reached $7 billion in September 2018.
9. Michael Rubin
A Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), Michael Rubin made a designation as an associate in the Society of Actuaries. Michael earned his B.A. from the University of Michigan.
Rubin had acquired a chain of five ski shops near his hometown of Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania. Since then, he's headed a $130 million public company at 25 and sold his GSI Commerce to eBay for $2.4 billion.
He made himself a billionaire running Kinetic, a conglomerate made up of three e-commerce companies. Now 40, Rubin is a part-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers.
10. Harry Wayne Huizenga
The 74-year-old tycoon created not one but three multibillion-dollar companies. Blockbuster Video, AutoNation, and Waste Management all received his Midas touch, earning this one-time owner of the Miami Dolphins the #190 spot on our Forbes 400 list with $2.3 billion.
His latest venture is cleaning service Swisher Hygiene, for which Forbes profiled him last year.
The real entrepreneurs put it all on the line, over and over, day in and day out. They keep a low press profile but run very successful businesses.
They share their adventures going from startup to six figures and beyond to show you just how possible entrepreneurship is when you go for what you love and are willing to put in the work.